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Kelly Gruene

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  1. Being from the south, I'm not quite sure how to take that comment. Would you call a bunch of poorly-acting Ohio State fans or Boston College fans 'northern idiots', or just idiots? Maybe leave the geographical modifiers off the term 'idiots', unless there really is a difference between idiots who live in the north versus those who live in the south, west, or east? I didn't watch the game but followed the score through the night. That stadium holds about 15,000 people. ND's Eck Stadium holds 2,500. A raucous crowd like that would be amazing to see at ND. I'm hoping Link sticks a
  2. If ND were to be ranked 5-8 they would have an additional home game. Big bucks, good television exposure. If they win, then it’s on to a neutral site game. It seems in a way that the most highly rated conference champion teams (the 1-4 seeds) are penalized because they would only play neutral site games, no home games. I think this system will ultimately dilute the talent pool a bit, taking a few players away from the usual 3-4 teams that dominate recruiting. Of course only time will tell, and this is probably at least a few years from happening.
  3. This MSU board sounds a lot like this board sometimes sounds, especially after a bad loss: https://forums.sixpackspeak.com/showthread.php?226697-We-just-got-our-asses-kicked
  4. ND wins 9-1. The winner of tomorrow’s game goes to the College World Series. Go Irish!!!
  5. Pretty great stuff. Of the final 16 teams there are 6 from the SEC, 3 from the ACC, and 2 each from the Big 12 and PAC 12. Here's a link to the bracket. If you ever have a chance to go to a college baseball playoff game, it's definitely worth it. Division I Baseball Bracket
  6. With offers from Princeton, Yale, Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, and Cal Berkeley, it appears that Ayomanor is a very good student. The only other 'major' offers seem to be Penn State, Tennessee, and Ole Miss. He appears to be unranked. Is this due to his level of competition?
  7. This linebacker class could be ridiculously good...
  8. While I think we know ND is usually pretty good in fencing, sending 11 current and former team members to one Olympic games says a lot. https://und.com/11-irish-fencers-qualify-for-tokyo-olympics/
  9. I love the idea that they want to win a championship. Of course, most probably agree that should be the goal almost every year. However, in the article they talk about a "window" of time and a "sense of urgency" to do it. As I look at the upcoming schedules, it seems to me that they'll need to win the championship this year then. After this year, ND plays both Ohio State and Clemson in 2022 and 2023, in addition to an improving USC. Maybe ND could pull it off in 2024, but does anyone really expect Freeman to be on the ND sidelines in 2024?
  10. ‘Dang! How come I didn’t get the memo to wear my blue stole? I do look good in green, though.’
  11. “I hate getting these d%#n rubber chips in my mouth every time I have to be the holder for a stinkin’ 3 points!”
  12. Really looking forward to see this guy play. Looks like a bruiser with speed.
  13. Nice article. Thanks for the link. It notes that only ND and Maryland have made the tournament each of the last 15 seasons.
  14. Over the weekend, for the first time this year, they lost a series. #13 Florida State took 2 out of 3.
  15. His offer list was a who’s who list of elite programs. I love it when ND lands a kid with that kind of list.
  16. Put Mayer on the field with that and the defense would have a very difficult time I think.
  17. And, just as I type the above, he enters the transfer portal. Go earn your 1st round draft status with another team, Jordan. Prove to us all that Kelly is wrong.
  18. I hope that Jordan Johnson gets a ton of playing time and becomes everything we all hoped he would be when he signed his LOI. However, I have no idea what the 'issues' are that keep him from playing more. Kelly has a team to run. He has a culture he has curated. He has been to the playoffs two times in three years because of the things he has been doing. If Johnson is doing something off the field that counters the culture, if he has been having academic issues or recreational herbal issues or something else, Kelly has to impart discipline to Johnson just as he would to anyone else.
  19. I keep reading how Coan stays in the pocket and looks downfield. I know very knowledgeable people love that in a QB. I personally don’t care if a QB stands in the pocket. I want a QB who can consistently drive the team down the field to score. However that gets done. If a guy who takes a sack per drive because he stays in the pocket is able to move the team to score consistently, that’s the guy I want. If a QB who can’t see over the Oline and has to role out consistently moves the team to score, that’s the guy I want. Just score baby. However you do it. I like Pyne. Voted for him in the
  20. I think ND has the players right now to be very very successful. IMO Rees is the key. Hard to believe that he is ND's OC, but he is. If he can design an offense to the strengths of the players, if he can create a dynamic game plan for each opponent, and if he can make effective in-game adjustments, I believe ND will surprise people and maybe go 11-1 regular season. On offense, as it stands, I don't see that a major injury at one or two positions will derail things. Depth is there. I think the O-line will be good at the start of the season and excellent later in the season. I'm
  21. Seems like a lot of the snaps were really lowww.
  22. Everyone I know who has been to USC says it's a beautiful campus. Apparently they're even upgrading the surrounding neighborhood. I've only been to Lubbock once, and that wasn't for a game. Never been to Tech. Maybe that's the issue. Maybe a lot of fans from outside the state don't travel to that relatively isolated place? TCU's campus has undergone a MAJOR upgrade during the Patterson era. No way it would have happened without their team being successful. The change has been dramatic.
  23. Baseball America projects ND to be a regional host for the tournament: Projected Field of 64 Ranked #7 this week! https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/college-baseball-top-25/ Louisville ranked #2. ND is 1-1 with Louisville this year.
  24. Based on recruiting, I totally can see Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Oregon, and Miami "taking the next step". Unfortunately form A&M, they're in the SEC so it's unlikely they'll really take that step until St. Nick is gone. Miami could get to a point where they scare Clemson. USC and Oregon recruit really well and pretty much only have to beat each other. I don't see Nebraska, UCLA, or Ole Miss taking that step. You're so right about USC. They have recruited very well. Talent abounds. Playing them Oct 23, followed by North Carolina the following week, will be pretty tough.
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